Balfour Beatty Living Places has received a £103m maintenance contract for motorway assets in the UK.

Awarded by Telford and Wrekin Council, the contract is valid for a period of seven years with an extension option for a further seven years.

In collaboration with the council, the contractor will be responsible for repairing 626 miles of motorway and 743 miles of footpath.

The company will also offer drainage cleansing services and winter gritting, as well as reactive maintenance services.

Balfour Beatty Living Places’ managing director Steve Helliwell said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Telford and Wrekin Council. It builds on our trusted expertise in highways services. We look forward to working closely with the council and the local community to deliver tangible improvements across the borough.”

“This is a key contract for the council at a time when we are investing very heavily in improving roads and footpaths.”

The agreement is expected to save the council around £200,000 per annum through improved management.

Under the contract, Balfour Beatty Living Places will help deliver the council’s £20m capital investment programme of planned motorways and transport projects to improve roads, paths and motorway structures. This service will be provided over the first two years of the contract.

Transport, roads and broadband cabinet member and councillor Hilda Rhodes said: “This is a key contract for the council at a time when we are investing very heavily in improving roads and footpaths across the borough through our £45m Pride in Our Community programme.

“The savings from the contract will have no effect on the major capital investment that we are making between now and April 2021 targeting roads in particular.”

Balfour Beatty Living Places will deploy nearly 46 full-time employees, including four apprentices and graduates to provide the services. Work is scheduled to begin in April next year.

Balfour Beatty Living Places is a subsidiary of UK-based multinational infrastructure group Balfour Beatty.